Michaels making most of playing time

Michaels making most of playing time

KANSAS CITY -- In his second season with the Astros, Jason Michaels is making the most of his recent jump in playing time.

Michaels has only started 10 games this season coming into Thursday night's rubber match against the Royals, but he has gotten the starting nod from manager Brad Mills in the last five consecutive games.

Over those five games, he is 6-for-20 with a home run, five RBIs and four strikeouts.

"With us bench guys like, me, Geoff Blum and Cory Sullivan, [Interleague Play] is a time that we may be able to get some at-bats. Whatever way [Mills] plays it out, we just try to go in there and have a good at-bat."

Since making his first of five consecutive starts on June 8, Michaels has raised his batting average by 33 points. Michaels is now batting .221 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, with 12 strikeouts and a walk on the season.